NPR: Gender reassignment surgery for city workers currently isn't covered by Berkeley's health insurance providers. The City Council is considering setting aside a total of $20,000 a year to offset the cost, but is being met with resistance.
"Berkeley, Calif., is famous for taking on bold, liberal causes, which is why officials there may not have expected the controversy over a proposal to help city workers afford sex change operations. The amount of cash at stake in Berkeley is fairly small. But it has still stirred up a debate over how much compassion the city can afford in these tough economic times."